Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Monsoons have brought ash and muddy water into the Animas and fishing is tough. I'm expecting this pattern to continue until the monsoons subside. We're fishing other area rivers until the waters clear up on the Animas. There are plenty of options close to Durango.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
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Water flow: 131

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Muddy

Best time of day to fish: Sunrise to noon

Best stretch: Purple Cliffs

Best access point: High Bridge

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

PMD, Caddis, BWO, Stonefly, Midge

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

Try prospecting through deeper runs and pools until the hatch gets going and the fish begin to suspend. Try using a heavy attractor to get down followed by a smaller dropper to pick up the more selective feeders. In the heat of the afternoon some fish are rising to small midge clusters and baetis. A size 16 Adams should do the trick. Picky sippers have been fooled lately by a skittered midge pattern. When streamer fishing pay close attention to mid stream structure and especially on the cushion in front of rocks.

7-Day Forecast

The weather is going to be hot this week! Highs in the low nineties and lots of sun. Don't forget the sunscreen and clothes to cover up from the suns rays. Get out there early to enjoy the beautiful mornings and don't forget to give the fish a break during the hot afternoons and evenings!

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